Trans-Pecos Festival Workshops
Here are just a few of the arts and crafts workshops available at the festival. Check back often for new additions, and contact Sally with questions about workshops.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
WOODEN SWORDS AND OTHER MAGICAL OBJECTS WORKSHOP
Participants will design, decorate, and shape their swords out of wooden blanks. Kids will love it!
DIY BAR: CRAFTING BITTERS & LIQUEURS HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking
Learn the art of crafting your own bitters and liqueurs to add unique, creative flavors to your home bar. Participants will learn the science behind and basic techniques for home infusions and tincturing. Additionally, we will discuss the history and present-day use of botanicals, bitters, and liqueurs as herbal remedies for relaxation, digestion, and more. Participants will each create and take home two personalized jars of bitters made in class with botanicals such as wormwood, gentian, dandelion, wild cherry bark, sarsaparilla, and various aromatic spices.
TEST PRINT TEES WORKSHOP (SOLD OUT)
With The Decoder Ring
Learn how to screen print your own t-shirts with The Decoder Ring! This workshop will teach the process of basic screen printing, as well as provide information about how to set up your own press with limited resources at home. You will learn hands-on t-shirt printing using multiple screens to create your own collage on blank shirts.
*3 blank t-shirts are included in the cost of the workshop. Please send your size ahead of time!
DUTCH OVEN CAMP COOKING WORKSHOP (SOLD OUT)
With Lou Lambert
Join renowned chef Lou Lambert for a high desert culinary adventure in dutch oven baking. This workshop will explore some southern basics: dutch oven biscuits, bread, and cobbler. Lambert grew up in West Texas, spending summers on the family cattle ranch where he developed a passion for food while hanging out with the ranch cook. Samplings will be generous - come hungry!
HONEY FLIGHT WORKSHOP
With La Abeja Herbs
Join folk herbalist, Sophia Rose of La Abeja Herbs for a decadent evening spent partaking of the divine nectar that is Honey. In this intimate evening workshop, you'll be initiated into the magic and mystery of the Honeybee and receive an introduction to the healing and alchemical proper ties of Honey. The Honey Flight will include a generous sampling of of herbal, rare, medicinal, and unique Honeys that Sophia has gathered during her cross-country travels.
WILD PLANTS OF THE HIGH DESERT WORKSHOP (SOLD OUT)
With La Abeja Herbs
Join folk herbalist Sophia Rose of La Abeja Herbs for a wild plant wander around El Cosmico. During this mellow morning plant walk, you'll get to know a handful of the loveliest rogues -- those edible and medicinal plants that you've perhaps lived with all your life but never taken notice of. We'll also discuss how to cultivate a nourishing relationship with all things wild and how you can carry this practice with you through the world. This hour long plant walk will provide a wonderful introduction to the botanical landscape of West Texas and beyond. There will be plenty of nibbling, sniffing, squinting marvel at botanical details, and lots of time for asking questions. Please bring a hat, parasol, water or anything else you may need to stay comfortable and hydrated.
CHAIN STITCHING WORKSHOP (SOLD OUT)
With Fort Lonesome
Explore the labor of love that is chain stitching! Workshop participants will embroider by machine and by hand, and create a one-of-a-kind, Marfa-inspired wall hanging with Ft. Lonesome.
PRIMARY SHIBORI WORKSHOP
With Meetinghouse Arts
Learn to produce bold, eco-friendly primary colors using natural dyes and traditional Japanese shibori and itajime techniques—the art of tying and folding. Our workshop will focus on how to dye fabrics using sticks and stones to create unique textures and patterns and will cover the basics of how to make dye with blue indigo, yellow turmeric and red madder. Leave the workshop with a cotton tote, t-shirt and color samples on cotton and silk. Feel free to bring your own dye-ables. *Tote, t-shirt, and color sample fabrics included in workshop fee.
DESERT RELIEF CASTING WORKSHOP (SOLD OUT)
With Meetinghouse Arts
Learn to mix plaster and create a DIY keepsake using Marfa desert findings. We will hold a foraging field session to gather desert odds and ends and then embed them in cast plaster discs. Take home a bit of the desert and leave with knowledge of a brand new technique. Open to all ages, kids will love it.
SCULPTURE SAFARI IN PAPIERMACHE WORKSHOP (SOLD OUT)
With Sabine Zimmer
Build an animal sculpture bursting with spirit and color in this workshop. We will look to the creatures in the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert for inspiration. Combining eco-friendly materials with scavenged sticks, stones, and other gifts from Mother Nature in Marfa, you will create antlers, tusks, feathers and mesmerizing patterns. Roll up your sleeves to create a wild thing, and become one as well.
MORNING YOGA WORKSHOP (SOLD OUT)
With Aqui Yoga
Seriously lighthearted! We here at Aqui Yoga mean that. We are bringing our Baja Sur, Mexico slow, breath conscience, vinyasa style class to Marfa, TX for the Trans-Pecos Festival. It's a yoga practice, not a yoga perfect, and poco a poco, it all comes together. Or not. Whatever! Just show up. Hungover, stiff, cranky? You don’t scare us. We can help you in those sticky spots, explore your physical edge, create some more space in your body and mind and enjoy a good laugh.
Fridays & Saturdays 8:30am-9:45am
With Erica Nix
Erica Nix is on a mission to Make Working out Fun Again! You’ll be sweatin’ to the 90’s – Richard Simmon’s style! This is not your typical aerobics class. This class is more RAW, more Gay, and more Ridiculous than any class you have ever experienced. When you workout with Erica Nix you aren’t just working your bod, you are creating art. Erica Nix is a multimedia artist based in Austin, TX. Drawing inspiration from her mother, Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons, and Jazzercise. Erica hopes to take Working Out outside the obsessive physical culture and introduce it to more of a slacker/drinking and gay culture by approaching art aerobically. So bring out your spandex and your attitude, we’re gonna work out our hearts, butts, and personality!
COWBOY UP! WORKSHOP
With Trevor & Tanner Klein and Huck Roch
Learn how to rope like a West Texas cowboy with local expert teenagers in this kid-friendly, all ages workshop! First, you'll learn the correct way to twirl and release the lariat rope. Next, you'll have ample time to practice your new skills on a set of dummy steers. Come break a sweat and learn something new!